We are delighted to continue our International Masturbation Month celebration with Hayley MacMillen, who introduces herself here:
As Refinery29's Sex & Relationships Editor, I write a weekly sex column, The Bed Post, which explores what holds us back from the sex and love lives we want to lead, especially shame and stigma; edit essays from talented freelancers; appear on Refinery29's Facebook Live talk show Sexcess!; and cover all things sexuality, gender, and relationships. My job also involves lots of sex-toy testing, which is one of my favorite perks. In my past life, I did communications for health nonprofits in East Africa, and the belief that guided me then guides me now: Health is a human right, and fully realized sexuality is a central part of it.
Who inspires you and why?
Right now, I'm inspired by Samantha Bee and her show Full Frontal. She doesn't hesitate to lampoon ineptitude or ignorance wherever it appears, even if it's on the part of someone who shares her liberalism. "Speaking truth to power" is a cliché by now, but that's what she's doing. And I am loving Ann Friedman and Aminatou Sow's discussions of menstruation politics (and everything else) on their podcast Call Your Girlfriend. Their conversations are nuanced, frank, and not just shame-free but proud. None of these women are apologizing for centering "women's issues"; they're challenging why we section off issues relevant to women with this label in the first place.Read More